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In a shocking contradiction to what we deserve, God offers grace that stretches further than all our sin. It is precisely that great scandal of grace that provokes us to bend our knee and live to glorify the Lord of grace.
 
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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 05/17/18

Fertilizer dealers say significant headway with spring planting is helping ease an anhydrous ammonia shortage that has inconvenienced North Dakota farmers....

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Fertilizer dealers say significant headway with spring planting is helping ease an anhydrous ammonia shortage that has inconvenienced North Dakota farmers.  The Minot Daily News reports that agricultural fertilizer suppliers have had difficulty keeping up with a demand heavier than usual. The late spring has led to farmers from multiple states planting at the same time, overwhelming anhydrous truckers.
 
     Darrell Schieve is the plant manager at Dakota Agronomy in Minot. He says the run on anhydrous ammonia is slowing as spring seeding progresses. Schieve estimates local seeding should be far enough along to relieve the pressure on supplies by week's end.
 
     Gov. Doug Burgum signed a temporary order about a week ago easing restrictions on truckers to help with fertilizer deliveries. The order will remain in place through May 30.

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     OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly survey of bankers shows that the economy is slowly improving in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states.  Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says that while commodity prices have improved recently, they remain below breakeven for a large share of grain farmers.
 
     The overall Rural Mainstreet index rose to 56.3 in May, up from 53.5 in April. It's the highest level since July 2013. Any score above 50 suggests a growing economy in the months ahead, while a score below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.
 
     Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.
 
     More than one-third of bank CEOs identified rising regulatory costs as the top economic challenge to their operations over the next five years.

 

 


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